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Yakushi-ji Temple

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Yakushiji was constructed by Emperor Tenmu in the late 7th century for the recovery of the... read more

Reviewed June 7, 2018
Richmond, Canada
Huge structure

The night and day view is different . During the night , there are a lot of lanterns lighted up... read more

Reviewed June 5, 2018
Singapore, Singapore
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457 Nishinokyocho, Nara 630-8563, Nara Prefecture
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Reviewed June 7, 2018

Yakushiji was constructed by Emperor Tenmu in the late 7th century for the recovery of the emperor's sick wife. The temple is the headquarters of the Hossō school of Japanese Buddhism & is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Yakushiji has a strictly symmetric...More

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Reviewed June 5, 2018 via mobile

The night and day view is different . During the night , there are a lot of lanterns lighted up creating a sense of warm atmosphere. Do bring your camera to take lotsa of picture there . There are some local food selling at the...More

Thank GregoryTan_SG
Reviewed April 15, 2018

This temple is located away from the main Nara Park area, so much less visitors. The helpful lady at the Tourist Center told us how to take the bus to get here. It took a little bit of time; if you're tight on time, the...More

Thank Brown_Samantha
Reviewed April 8, 2018

I followed the advice in Alan Booth's 'Collins Illustrated Guide to Japan' and found it sound. You can then walk to Toshodaiji temple. Both temples are quiet and peaceful unlike the more famous Todaiji temple where one is assaulted by the crowds and too many...More

Thank Goodtouristfood
Reviewed April 7, 2018

things to view are seperated in east, south, north and west. but still management as the places around is not that big. there is a huge renovation works going on. pls check the time table before you go

Thank Maggie C
Reviewed November 23, 2017 via mobile

I am not sure why we stopped here as the East Pagoda was covered with scaffolding and will be until sometime next year. The West one was beautiful, and the grounds are nice enough. But there are better places to spend your time.

1  Thank travellerfromatown
Reviewed October 27, 2017

Its East Tower is the three-story pagoda (looks more like a six-story pagoda) and has been preserved since the temple was built in the 7th century. (I'm sorry that this tower is being renovated now, and cannot see it) In the Main Hall, you can...More

Thank SaoShio
Reviewed September 22, 2017 via mobile

Surrounded by a park with the most friendly roaming deers you will find anywhere. You are encouraged to feed them rice cakes at 150 yen a pack !! But great fun. The temple is awe inspiring and with the various iconic buddhas A walk up...More

1  Thank Barrington S
Reviewed July 24, 2017

this was a huge temple set in a park area, with plenty of area and plenty of people walking around - take the time to see it thoroughly

Thank tallowbeach
Reviewed July 9, 2017

A nice day trip from Nara is a visit to Horyu-ji, Yakushi-ji and Toshodai-ji. Take the train to JR Horyuji then take the bus to Yakushiji, walk north to Toshodaiji then take the bus back to Nara. One of the pagodas is currently behind scaffolding...More

1  Thank GVancouver
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